Passportization of occupied Donbas residents is first step to annexation of the territory, - Zelensky

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, this is a big problem
13:00, 20 May 2021

Volodymyr Zelensky
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President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky considers the passportization of residents of the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions to be the first step towards the annexation of territories. Zelensky stated this during a press conference dedicated to the second anniversary of his election.

"This is definitely the first step, as the same thing happened once in the Crimea. Crimean people were given Russian passports. This is a big problem," Zelensky said.

Related: Russian passports: Putin’s secret weapon in the war against Ukraine

As for the beginning of May, almost 600,000 Ukrainian citizens had received Russian passports, including local government officials, teachers, and doctors.

In Crimea, the occupants forced teachers, other school staff and members of their families to register for "training for All-Russian online voting in the elections to the State Duma of Russia." Teachers are required to confirm the facts of registration with screenshots. If this procedure is not followed, the occupant authorities threatens them with dismissal.

Related: Almost 530 000 residents of occupied Donbas receive Russian passports in simplified manner

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